May 2, 2022

Innovation for resilience and inclusive development

Date: Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Time: 12:00 – 12:45 CEST

Venue: Donnersgatan 6, Visby, Gotland, Sweden & online

Reliance on centralized systems for the provision of critical services increases society’s vulnerability to natural hazards, demographic changes, but also conflict. In urban areas, aging infrastructure coupled with lack of infrastructure redundancy leads to shortages in service provision. In areas with conflict, centralized systems often fall under attack, causing a wave of cascading effects on systems and societies, as recently witnessed in Ukraine. In rural and developing areas, centralized infrastructure will never be attainable due to high capital and maintenance costs. Regardless of the context, there is a clear need to diversify systems and attain a certain degree of infrastructure independence.

In this event we delve into how the private sector in Sweden can work closer with development and humanitarian operations to accelerate progress towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) while fostering Swedish innovation. The event will showcase experiences from a selection of the 28 partners from Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Europe of the quadruple helix Vinnova sponsored project “sWASH&grow”. 


  • Ulrika Modeer, Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP 
  • Josephine Sundqvist, Secretary-General, LM International (Läkarmissionen) 
  • Patrik Stålgren, Head of Unit for Strategic Partnerships, Private sector, Innovation and New methods at Sida 
  • Mårten Björk, innovator and entrepreneur within the network “Urban Tech Sweden” 
  • Jan Furuvald, chairman, SWEACC – Swedish East African Chamber of Commerce 

Presentation: Karina Barquet and Olle Olsson, SEI 

Moderator: Sten Stenbeck, RISE 

Organizers: SEI – Stockholm Environment institute, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and LM International (Läkarmissionen) 

This will be a hybrid event. Join us on-site or online below.

About Almedalen

Almedalen Week is an annual meeting place in Sweden where a range of actors from the public, private and non-profit sector, together with political representatives and media, meet to debate and discuss various societal issues.

Read the full program on the Almedalen website.